Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham Earns Another 'A' Grade for Patient Safety

Needham, MA—Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID–Needham) has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety with an “A” grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections.

“We are honored to once again receive an ‘A’ grade, the highest measure of patient safety, from the Leapfrog Group,” said Gregory McSweeney, MD, Chief Medical Officer, BID–Needham. “The measures for success to achieve the ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score rating are extensive and we are proud of the national recognition. Everyone at BID–Needham strives to deliver safe, high-quality care for our patients, and this grade is a reflection of our highly-effective team of clinicians, caregivers, and administrators working together to care for our patients.”

“BID–Needham’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score that reflects a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general hospitals in the United States were assigned scores in October 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade.

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review a hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

In addition to BID–Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its other member hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth, also received “A” grades in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score. To see BID–Needham’s full score and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham

Beth Israel Deaconess HospitalNeedham (BIDNeedham) is a licensed 58-bed acute care community hospital affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. The direct affiliation with BIDMC, since 2000, has facilitated the clinical integration of staff and resources in emergency medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, orthopedics, general surgery, pathology, and oncology. BIDMC and BIDNeedham opened the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion at BIDNeedham, providing more accessible, patient-centered cancer care and advanced surgical services to the community.

BIDNeedham has served residents in Needham, Newton, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Sherborn, Wellesley, Westwood and other surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The hospital has been recognized by several organizations for quality and safety including the American Heart and American Stroke Associations for lifesaving stroke care. For more information, please visit www.bidneedham.org. Find BIDNeedham on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BIDNeedham and follow us on Twitter @bidneedham